Monday, January 9, 2017

Design Wall Monday

There was a change in the order that I worked on projects this past weekend. I was going to use the rag quilt as a leader and ender project, but because of the size of blocks I used and the fact that I would have had to change the thread each time I sewed one of these, it was going to a pain. So I just made the rag quilt by itself. Here it is after the first washing.

I always wash these at least two times (usually three times) before giving them away. After the first washing, I trim off long loose threads, clean up the back (which always has lots of stray threads on it when I use flannel instead of homespuns), and check for any seams that may have accidentally been snipped open.

I like the rectangular blocks. Besides being much quicker to make, I just like how it looks. I often quilt something other than just an X through the rectangles, but this time that's all I did.

I always add an extra couple strips of fabric to the outside edge to all my rag quilts. (This time I chose a light-colored piece of homespun to frame the quilt. I think it looks like a binding, which I like.) Without doing that, I feel like the edge is too raggedy looking. All other seams have four pieces of fabric coming together to create a nice thick, chenille-like finish. On the outside (without my additional trim), there would only be two, and I think it would look "thin" and cheap.

After shrinking up, this quilt measures about 62" x 80". 

I'm back to working on the Disappearing Nine Patch and finding suitable borders for the scrappy Nine Patch quilts I showed in previous posts.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Two Quilts!

One simple block, made 64 times, and I've got the insides of two quilts completed. Here's the simple, scrappy nine patch block, snowballed which makes it end up on point.

This is simple to make, especially if you are using left over jelly roll strips, or 2 1/2" stash strips. I had a variety of strips left over from a jelly roll (I can't remember the name!), as well as some "kid-friendly" scraps from fat quarters. I cut all of my strips 2 1/2" x 22" and made strip sets. I thought that would be quicker than working with all 2 1/2" squares, but provide a bit more variety than working with 42" strips. Because I wanted to use all the fabric scraps, I made a total of 24 strip sets and then cut them into a total of 192 - 2 1/2" segments, which resulted in 64 - Nine Patch blocks.

I added triangles to each block (snowballed the blocks) and after trimming, the blocks measured 9", unfinished. I showed this step HERE and HERE

I used 30 blocks for this straight layout.

I used 33 blocks for this staggered layout.

I've decided to add a small floating border of the black to both quilts and then begin the stash search for outside borders. Right now, both quilts measure about 42" x 51" and I'm thinking about adding a 2" floating border. That's only because all the squares measure 2" finished; and because if I do that, I will use up most of the black fabric. The little bit that is left will be cut and put into the strip bins that I've started. It sure feels good to have made these entirely from stash. Yippee!! 

I've still been working on the Disappearing Nine Patch blocks. Here's the progress of that so far.

Pretty soon, this will be the "main" project and I'll be starting a new leader and ender. It just so happens that I'm ready for that. 😄

I want to make a quick rag quilt for a mid-January birthday gift and I've pulled the fabrics. These are cut and ready to sew. I even have the batting ready, but that isn't pictured here. I'm using rectangles instead of squares, just because I wanted something a little different. I'll post pictures of this as I start working on it.

Enjoy your weekend! It's cold here and I plan to spend a good amount of time hanging out by the sewing machine. I hope you get that opportunity as well.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Press and Trim, Press and Trim...

I didn't get done exactly what I had planned yesterday, but I did do something.

I had planned to sew the remaining two sides to the first 32 nine patch blocks yesterday and perhaps get them pressed and trimmed. I DID get them sewn, but no pressing or trimming was done.

Instead, I sewed the first two sides to the remaining 32 blocks.

I'm going to be at the ironing board and cutting area for a while today. :-)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I got a bit of sewing in this morning and I'm pleased with my progress. As I said yesterday, I'm not sure if I'm going to make one large quilt or two smaller ones , but I'm leaning towards making two. Because of that, I needed to have enough triangle fabric for all 64 blocks and this black mottled fabric is what I had.  I had enough white also, but thought about the fact that that would be A LOT of white fabric which is often nothing more than a dirt magnet for a toddlers' quilt.   :-)  

All of the 9 Patch blocks are made and half of them are at this stage.

I know enough about myself to know that I need to see progress so I've split the 64 - 9 Patch blocks in two groups of 32 each.

I'll trim them all tonight and should have enough time to sew the side triangles too.

Of course I had to complete one block!

I have the other 32 blocks ready to go.

And I'm still sewing the Disappearing 9 Patch blocks as leaders and enders.

I love progress and can't wait to start laying out the blocks.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year!

My blogging hiatus is over and the New Year is starting out beautifully.

I am not a resolution-making kind of gal, but I do like to make goals, especially quilting goals. I may (and frequently do) change those goals, but I still tend to make them. I have ten people for whom I want to make a Quilt of Valor in 2017. I do not have to have these done until November, but I would like to get a head start on them because I know others will be needed as well. With that in mind, I have two of those quilts in the binding stage and one that is ready for quilting.


I also have two quilts in the piecing stage - not QOVs. I'm using the leader/ender method of piecing them, and I know that I'm going to love both of these quilts. There might actually be three quilts here. I have enough of the one set of blocks to create one large quilt or two smaller ones. I'm leaning more toward the two smaller ones because all of these quilts are intended for donation.

The scrappy nine patch blocks that I'm piecing are going to be used in a variation of Pat Sloan's Stitched pattern. It's these blocks that I've made extra.  

In the first picture you can see the two 5" charm squares being sewn together. Those are part of a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt that features the Monkey Tales fabric line. It's going to be pretty darn cute!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Don't Ever Say Never

I have always admired Cathedral Window Quilts. But, I have NEVER had the intention of making one or even trying the technique.

I was recently asked to make a Cathedral Window pillow for someone and I reluctantly agreed. Here is my first attempt.

I am somewhat pleased with this first attempt, although I have a lot of practicing to do before I am completely pleased and ready to make one to give away. There is a lot of pressing that needs to be done, and it needs to be done accurately. My mistake was trying to rush the process and take short cuts.

Before starting this, I wisely decided to use scraps for this first attempt. I like these fabrics and they were left over squares from a previous project. I'll put this pillow in the spare room that has a coordinating quilt. Where my points don't quite meet, I may add some embellishments like a pearl or button. Or, I may just leave it as is to keep me humble. :-)

I used a pressing template from Erica Plank- Unseen Hands that works well, if you take your time and do as she suggests. She also has a video on her Facebook page that was helpful, and if you decide that you want to make a pillow or quilt, I suggest you watch it. I should have done that. :-)

I seriously doubt that I will ever make a Cathedral Window quilt, but stay tuned for another pillow or two.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I have been busy!

While finishing the QOV projects for Friday's presentation, I packed up a bunch of kits so I'd have them ready at the spur of the moment.

I started working on one of those kits and because it was so easy, I finished the top last night.

I've got backing fabric ready for this as well as the binding. WooHoo! I think I'll go ahead and get it quilted and bound right away so I have QOVs ready as soon as they are needed.

I worked on this in between grading essays today. Trust me, I needed the break.  :-)

I've got to get busy thinking about upcoming classes. Any ideas? What new and exciting patterns have you seen lately that would make a great class?

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